US President Joe Biden has actually called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be pursued war crimes as evidence emerges of atrocities supposedly devoted by Russian forces in Ukraine.There is mounting global anger over the alleged killing of civilians in Bucha, a town near the capital Kyiv.
" This person is brutal," Mr Biden stated of the Russian leader, including that he thinks Mr Putin "is a war criminal".
Without proof, Russia said images of atrocities had been staged by Ukraine.
Mr Biden's intervention follows the publication of new satellite pictures by the earth observation business Maxar, which appear to reveal bodies lining Bucha's streets throughout its occupation by Russian forces.
An analysis of the pictures by the New York Times revealed a minimum of 11 bodies on the streets since 11 March, when Russian forces controlled the city.
Russia claims that no civilians suffered under the Russian occupation of Bucha and says footage and images from the city were staged.
But the timing of these satellite images appears to disprove the concept that the bodies just appeared after Russian soldiers left.United States officials state they are supporting a team of global prosecutors heading to Bucha to collect proof.
The Ukrainian government has actually started a war crimes investigation after it said the bodies of 410 civilians had been found in areas around Kyiv. Some were found in mass graves while others had their hands tied and had actually obviously been shot at close quarters.
Officials in Kyiv likewise accused Russian forces of eliminating a town head, her husband and her kid in the village of Motoyzhyn for assisting Ukrainian soldiers in the location.
" You might remember I got criticised for calling Putin a war lawbreaker," Mr Biden stated. "You saw what happened in Bucha - he is a war criminal but we need to gather all the detail so this can have a war crimes trial."
Mr Biden said the Bucha discovery was "outrageous" and stated that it was important Mr Putin was "held accountable" for atrocities devoted by his military in Ukraine.
He would seek to impose additional sanctions on Russia, he added.
The US state department stated it had reputable reports of rape, abuse and summary executions carried out by Russian forces as part of what it referred to as a "more comprehensive, troubling project" by Moscow.At the request of Ukraine, the global prosecutors will support the prosecutor general of Ukraine's war crimes unit.
" There are reports and pictures of a nightmare litany of atrocities," said state department representative Ned Price.
The Pentagon said it was "fairly apparent" that Russia had been behind the atrocities in Bucha, but that more investigation was needed to establish which units were responsible.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also accused Russia of war crimes throughout a televised address on Monday night and suggested Mr Putin's regime would attempt to conceal proof of other atrocities.
" I'm sure you understand about the new old tactics of Russian propagandists who are constantly trying to decline allegations of the Russian military," President Zelensky said.
" Now they are doing the same thing. The exact same lies. They are attempting to misshape the facts. However, as then, they will not be successful. They will not be able to trick the entire world."
France and Germany revealed on Monday they are expelling Russian diplomats in response to the discoveries in Bucha.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stated the expulsion of 40 envoys remained in response to the "unbelievable brutality" the Kremlin had actually released in Ukraine.The French government stated it would expel "many" Russian personnel, but didn't specify the specific number.
Lithuania said it was expelling the Russian ambassador, mentioning atrocities it says have actually been committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.Moscow's ambassador to the UN said Russia would provide "empirical proof" to the UN Security Council showing that Western statements on events at Bucha were lies.
At a press conference in New York, Vasily Nebenzya accused Ukraine and its "Western sponsors" of making evidence and performing an incorrect flag attack by its own people.
In Bucha, witnesses have actually described Russian soldiers shooting on guys running away after refusing to permit them to leave through humanitarian corridors.
At least 20 dead men were discovered lying in the street, many of them with extensive wounds. Some had been shot through the temple, as if executed, while others had actually clearly been run over by tanks.Satellite images taken by Maxar show a 14m (45ft) mass tomb in the city near the church of St Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints.